Would satan like to destroy your faith? Of course he would, that’s a dumb question, huh?
What is one of the best ways to do that? How about a 1 – 2 Punch? A double whammy?
Allow me to explain. Let’s say you have faith, even great faith, and the devil hits you with a power-punch. “It’s okay”, you say. “I have this under control”, you say.
* You quote all the right Scriptures
* You speak in the authority of Jesus name
* You stand in faith and believe with all your heart
You see results and then all of the sudden…BAM!, another punch. Something else hits you squarely between the eyes.
What? Really? It was all about faith, trusting, and believing, and not doubting when the first punch landed home. But now, you begin to wonder what in the world is going on. “How could this happen?” You thought God had your back, how could this other thing come out of nowhere and smack you so hard your kids will be born dizzy?
I want you, dear reader who has experienced this, to realize the devil has tried all this before. There was once a man who…
* **BAM!…**Lost all his wealth
This would bring most people in our materialistic society to their knees but this man hung in there, trusting God. Then…
* **BAM!…**Lost all his children
I don’t know about you but I am thinking this may be more than most people could handle. I mean, your kids! Really?! Yet in all this, this man did not sin or blame God foolishly.
But we are not finished yet. After he had lost all his wealth, and after he had lost all his children…
* **BAM!…**He himself was struck from head to toe with sore boils on his body.
It is not secret I am refering to Job. You all know the history but how many times do we reference this history when we face hardships of various kinds that inevitably come into our lives in this sin-fallen world?
I dare say many of us would crumble after that second whammy hit us. Lets allow Job to be an example to us. Can you imagine losing all your children in an instant? Yet Jobs response was, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”.
That was after he had lost all his wealth, his herds and his servants, and all his children. Then he was struck in his own body with sore boils, his own wife tells him just to curse God and die, and yet he still responded in faith and trust toward God.
Then well-meaning friends come to “comfort” him. They eventually tell him he must have some hidden sin in his life and that this is why all this has come upon him. Of course that was not the case but in the midst of their “comforting words”, Job begins to doubt and question and resent God.
Finally, one of Job’s younger friends, Elihu, spoke up. He recognized that Job’s perspective was distorted. Job had convinced himself that his afflictions served no purpose. He decided that God was simply not treating him fairly.
Elihu realized that Job was so obsessed with his innocence that he was finding fault with God rather than looking for lessons to learn from his trials. To Job’s complaints Elihu replied: Job 35:2, Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?
Instead of seeing his problems as opportunity for patience and for letting God mold him, Job had grown in his resentment toward The Lord. He closed his mind to the possibility that he could learn anything valuable from his suffering.
Job’s primary argument was that God was unresponsive to him, that He was not acknowledging his righteousness (or his prayers? I am talking to you, reader).
Thankfully, God asks Job a series of questions that offers Job the opportunity to stand back and think a little (something most all of us should do from time to time).
God asks Job,…
* Job 38:4, Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
* Job 40:9, Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
* Job 41:1, Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
…among other things.
In the end, Job realized that the root of his problem was his own lack of understanding and over-confidence in his own righteousness. Then his view of God’s fairness changed. He realized that His critical attitude toward God was wrong: Job 42:3-6, Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job confessed that he did not understand everything but, even though he did not understand everything, he still trusted God for the outcome.
After Job humbled himself in this way, Job 42:10, And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
No matter how harsh a trial is, we should never assume God is not listening or does not care. He sees lessons we need to learn that are beyond our present understanding. We should remember some excellent advice from King David: Psalms 27:14, Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. We need to take note of Job’s experience to maintain patient respect and trust in God even in the midst of our sufferings (James 5:10 & 11).
Is something going on in your life? Keep trusting The One True and Living God, and never give up.
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